Days of our Lives dates way back to the 1960s but when i started watching the show was in its 1990s. The story revolves around the lives of a few families in Salem. The show is really dramatic and touches on love, marriage, divorce, hate, secrets, backstabbings, health, misunderstandings, exorcism (yeah, even that!) and lots of love triangles! When you watch it, sometimes you have to squirm at the storyline ('why can't he just tell her he loves her' or 'why doesn't anyone realize that she's scheming to break them apart??'). The characters in the show have the tendency to be brought back to life after they 'died'.
The actors and actresses are really good! Some of the famous ones are Deidre Hall, John Aniston (yup, Jennifer Aniston's dad), Drake Hogestyn and so on. For more details you can read from this Wiki link. Did i tell you that soap opera actors are all very good looking? The style of acting differs from normal dramas and movies. It's more erm...dramatic. Remember Joey from 'Friends' who acted for a while in Days of our lives? Dr. Drake Ramoray, of course it's not a real character in the soap.
After i got into college i rarely got to watch this soap again and i don't think it's shown on telly anymore. I sure miss watching it, but the show is really too lengthy to follow.